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Brave Story
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Cover of English translation of Brave Story as published by Viz Media and illustrated by Dan May
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ブレイブ・ストーリー
(Bureibu Sutōrī)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
Novel series
Written by Miyuki Miyabe
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic General Interest
Imprint Viz Media (English hardback)
Haikasoru (English paperback)
Original run November 11, 1999February 13, 2001
Manga
Written by Miyuki Miyabe
Illustrated by Yōichirō Ono
Published by Shinchōsha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Shūkan Comic Bunch
Original run April 9, 2004May 9, 2008
Volumes 20 (List of volumes)
Game
Brave Story: New Traveler
Developer Game Republic
Publisher
  • [[JP|SCEI]] NA
Genre Role-playing video game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • July 6, 2006 NA
Game
Brave Story: My Dreams and Wishes
Publisher Namco Bandai
Genre Adventure
Platform Nintendo DS
Released
  • JPN July 6, 2006
Game
Brave Story: Wataru's Adventure
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation 2
Released
  • JPN July 6, 2006
Anime film
Directed by Koichi Chigira
Produced by Daisuke Sekiguchi
Hiroyoshi Koiwai
Koji Kajita
Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi
Music by Juno Reactor
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Optimum Releasing
Released July 8, 2006
Runtime 112 minutes

Brave Story (Japanese: ブレイブ・ストーリー , Hepburn: Bureibu Sutōrī) is a Japanese fantasy novel written by Miyuki Miyabe. It was serialized in various regional newspapers between November 11, 1999 and February 13, 2001, before being published in two hardcover volumes by Kadokawa Shoten in March 2003. The story of the novel follows 5th Grade student Wataru Mitani as he stumbles upon "Vision", a fantasy world, after his parents divorce. The novel is available in the English language by Viz Media.

Brave Story has spawned into a substantial media franchise. The novel was adapted into a manga by Yoichiro Ono and Miyabe herself, who wrote the new story for the manga, which was serialised in Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch. Shinchosha collected the chapters of Brave Story in twenty tankōbon volumes and released them between April 2004 and May 2008. In the manga version Wataru is slightly older and already in high school.

In 2006 the novel was re-released in two new editions, a three-volume softcover version of the earlier hardcover release intended for mature readers and a light novel version marketed for younger readers. These were intended to create interest in the animated film adaption by Gonzo released in Japan by Warner Bros. July 8, 2006. The film was nominated for "Animation of the Year" at the 2007 Japanese Academy Awards and also released on home video in Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Taiwan and Germany.

The novel was loosely adapted into three video games: Sony Computer Entertainment's PSP game Brave Story: New Traveler, Namco Bandai's Nintendo DS game Brave Story: My Dreams and Wishes, and Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 2 game Brave Story: Wataru's Adventure.

Film

An animated film adaptation of Brave Story was produced by Gonzo. Directed by Koichi Chigira and produced by Daisuke Sekiguchi, Hiroyoshi Koiwai and Koji Kajita, Warner Bros. released it in Japanese cinemas July 8, 2006. Warner Bros. is handling worldwide distribution of the Brave Story movie. Warner Bros. announced its planned release of Brave Story on DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD and UMD November 12, 2006. The movie was licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment, in the United Kingdom by Optimum Releasing, in France by Kaze and in Germany by Anime-Virtual. Juno Reactor composed the soundtrack for Brave Story.

Brave Story was showcased by Pony Canyon during the 2007 American Film Market. Pony Canyon promoted Brave Story along with Umizaru 2: Test of Trust at the 2008 American Film Market. Optimum Releasing released the film in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2008. The movie's ending theme was "Ketsui no Asa ni" (決意の朝に , lit. "The Morning with Determination") by Aqua Timez.

Cast

Character Japanese English
Wataru Mitani Takako Matsu Mona Marshall
Mysterious Girl Ayako Kawasumi Stephanie Sheh
Meena Chiwa Saito Sherry Lynn
Mitsuru Ashikawa Eiji Wentz Mona Marshall
Jozo Satomi Koorogi
Monk Lau Shirō Itō Michael Sorich
Kutz Takako Tokiwa Cindy Robinson
Kee Keema Yo Oizumi Steve Kramer
Princess Suaty Akiko Yajima Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Ishioka Akira Ishida
Dog Highlander Atsushi Tsutsumishita
Aya Ashikawa Kanon Nagashima Cindy Robinson
Akira Mitsuya Katsumi Takahashi Kirk Thornton
Onba Kirin Kiki
Katsumi Mihoko Abukawa Wendee Lee
Goddess of Destiny Miki Imai Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Toron Natsuhiko Kyogoku Joe Cappelletti
Yunababa Rie Shibata
Ogawa Saori Ito
Bishop Daimon Taro Ishida Terrence Stone
Young Bishop Toshiyuki Itakura Liam O'Brien
Kuniko Mitsuya Yoshiko Tanaka

Games

Sony Computer Entertainment released the role-playing game, Brave Story: New Traveler on PlayStation Portable in Japan July 6, 2006. In United States, Xseed Games released the game July 31, 2007. Both were developed by Game Republic. July 6, 2006, Namco Bandai released an adventure Nintendo DS game, called Brave Story: My Dreams and Wishes (ブレイブ·ストーリー ボクのキオクとネガイ , Bureibu Stōrī: Boku no Kioku to Negai). Sony Computer Entertainment released PlayStation 2 game, Brave Story: Wataru's Adventure (ブレイブ·ストーリー ワタルの冒険 , Bureibu Stōrī: Wataru no Bouken) July 6, 2006.

Soundtracks

On July 24, 1996, Avex Trax released a soundtrack of Brave Story, sung by TRF using the lyrics of Tetsuya Komuro. July 5, 2006, Sony Music Entertainment released an animation soundtrack CD for Brave Story; Juno Reactor composed the songs. November 29, 2006, Avex Trax released a Brave Story soundtrack, which featured lyrics by Tetsuya Komuro and Takahiro Maeda, and sung by TRF. Universal Music released another soundtrack CD of Brave Story September 3, 2008, with lyrics by Yuki Sakurai and sung by Rice.

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